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Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray was named winner of the Manning Award.

The Manning Award is handed out annually to the top quarterback in the country, taking into account postseason performance. Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 109 yards and a score in OU's Orange Bowl loss to Alabama. And on the whole, the draft-bound signal-caller finished the 2018 campaign having compiled 4,361 passing yards with a 42/7 TD/INT ratio and 1,001 rushing yards with 12 additional touchdowns on the ground.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 18 - 11:33 AM

Oklahoma TE/FB Carson Meier accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The Shrine Game just put out Meier's invite acceptance on Twitter, making him a very, very late addition to the roster for Saturday's game. Better late than never, we suppose. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Meier logged a 19-327-4 receiving line across 11 games played. Modest though that line may seem, Meier had not caught a pass prior to the 2018 campaign. He'll look to make a late impression crashing the party in St. Petersburg upcoming.
Jan 17 - 12:30 PM

In his first mock draft of 2019, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projected the Dolphins to select Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the 13th overall selection.

Kiper writes that "if [Murray] goes to the combine -- he's going to run a blazing 40-yard dash -- and goes through workouts for teams, I expect him to be picked in Round 1." As the draft season unfolds, you can expect Murray to be mocked to a variety of draft slots, as he is something of a polarizing prospect. For instance, in his latest mock, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller pushes the Heisman winner all the way to No. 7 with the Jaguars. All of this, of course, is dependent on Murray not simply showing up at spring training for the Oakland A's next month.
Jan 17 - 11:58 AM

Oklahoma freshman QB Spencer Rattler expressed little concern over the transfer of Alabama senior QB Jalen Hurts.

While Rattler relayed to reporters at the end of December that HC Lincoln Riley had told him that the team would not be pursuing a transfer quarterback, Riley came back to him a few weeks later to explain that "we need an older quarterback in the room," with the four-star freshman telling 247Sports that he had no issue with this -- and had a hunch it was coming following Austin Kendall's leap into the transfer portal earlier this month. The 6-foot, 165-pound Rattler will be competing with Hurts and Tanner Mordecai for starting honors in 2019. He signed with the Sooners as a four-star recruit back in December.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 17 - 11:32 AM

Bob Diaco will not return to the Oklahoma coaching staff in 2019.

Diaco was hired as a defensive analyst to start the year, but was promoted to the outside linebacker coach later in the year. He's also served as a DC for Nebraska and Notre Dame, and was head coach at UConn from 2014-2016.
Jan 16 - 5:25 PM

Alabama senior QB Jalen Hurts transferred to Oklahoma as a graduate.

Hurts (6'2/218) announced his transfer via The Players' Tribune. Maryland, Miami, TCU and Auburn were among the other programs which had been batted around as potential landing spots for the graduate gunslinger. This move is a fascinating one in our eyes, as we'll have a chance to see how OU HC Lincoln Riley adapts his offense without a top-flight passer taking snaps. The passing drop-off from Baker Mayfield/Kyler Murray to Hurts is a steep one, though for what it's worth, the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder did show off a little more accuracy than we were accustomed to seeing from him while playing in backup duty behind Tua Tagovailoa this past season. Hurts completed 72.9% of his 70 attempts in 2018. He won SEC Offensive Player of the Year after bursting onto the scene as a true freshman in 2016 and subsequently started for almost the entirety of Alabama's 2017 title run, right up until Tagovailoa replaced him in the second half of the championship game against Georgia and on into 2018.
Jan 16 - 1:34 PM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports that Oklahoma will hire hire UCLA special teams coordinator Roy Manning to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Manning was initially hired by UCLA last winter. He is readily familiar with Sooners DC Alex Grinch, having earlier worked alongside Grinch at Washington State from 2015-17. This new job at OU will represent his second career gig as cornerbacks coach, as Manning previously served in that capacity with Michigan in 2014.
Jan 15 - 5:54 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller mocks Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh pick in his latest mock draft.

There are still questions about whether or not Murray is going to play football, but based on all of the reports/the fact that he did declare for the draft, it sure seems like that's what's going to happen. Miller points out that many scouts aren't sold that the quarterback is a first-round talent, but the shift to more wide-open offenses and the success of players like Baker Mayfield open up doors, potentially. The Jaguars clearly need a quarterback -- sorry, Blake -- and with Murray's speed and accuracy, he could be the long-term answer despite his 5-foot-9 (likely) height.
Jan 15 - 12:34 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranks Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray third in his latest 2019 quarterback rankings.

Murray declared for the 2019 NFL Draft today, and reports emerged that Murray is and is not a first-round pick. The scouting community is finding it difficult to evaluate a 5-foot-9 quarterback who shredded the Big 12, but he seems to be a consensus top-4 quarterback at the moment with some giving him the top spot. Brugler only has Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones ahead of Murray. The rest of his top-10 are listed in the link below.
Jan 14 - 7:28 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

To call this not a surprise is an understatement to non-surprises. Murray was sensational for Oklahoma in 2018; winning the Heisman Trophy and helping the Sooners to a playoff spot. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound quarterback has electric speed, but also showed more arm strength and accuracy than believed. There is the pesky baseball thing to keep an eye on, but many believe Murray is now a first-round NFL pick, so it's going to be tough to imagine he's going to play for the Athletics despite being a ninth-overall pick. We're excited to see him at the next level.
Jan 14 - 3:26 PM

Oklahoma has reportedly hired Missouri OLB coach Brian Odom to serve in the same capacity.

Odom is the brother of Missouri head coach Barry Odom. You know you were going to ask. He previously worked with new Sooners DC Alex Grinch at Washington State, where he coached outside linebackers in 2015-2016.
Jan 14 - 11:23 AM

The Oakland A's are visiting with Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray "in hopes of persuading" him to play baseball.

The A's just selected Murray with 9th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and gave him a $4.6 million signing bonus, so the front office is desperate to retain him. However, Murray just played himself into the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft if he declares, and that first-round signing bonus would be larger. It appears that Murray enjoys football more than baseball as well, and reports indicate that he's leaning towards the NFL. Murray must declare for the 2019 NFL Draft by Monday but declaring for the draft still wouldn't end this saga. He could try and play both sports.
Jan 13 - 12:20 PM

Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts was in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday.

Hurts was reportedly "expected to draw interest" from the Heisman Factory, so why not take a visit? As of now, the favorites for Hurts' services are Miami, Maryland, and Oklahoma. Hurts has direct coaching connections at both Miami and Maryland, but Oklahoma can't be ruled out if Hurts believes he could win the job over potential-transfer Austin Kendall and incoming five-star Spencer Rattler.
Jan 13 - 11:20 AM

ESPN's Alex Scarbrough reports that Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts is expected to draw interest from Oklahoma.

With Kyler Murray headed to the pros (MLB or NFL) and Austin Kendall in the transfer portal, Oklahoma could look to Hurts to start the 2019 season, but incoming top-100 quarterback Spencer Rattler said that Oklahoma wasn't accepting transfers in an earlier interview. Rattler, of course, could have been lied to. As of now, Oklahoma doesn't seem like the favorite with Hurts having ties to both Miami and Maryland, but anything is possible.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 6:29 PM

Oklahoma coaches do not expect redshirt junior QB Kyler Murray to return to the Sooners' football program in 2019.

Murray wasn't expected to return for his redshirt senior season -- some saw Austin Kendall entering the transfer portal as a possible sign of Murray returning -- but it's now an option that we can basically completely rule out. The dual-sport talent is weighing his options between a professional baseball career and a professional football career (or possibly both), but the Oakland A's are prepared that Murray will be declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. As of now, Murray is expected to be a first-rounder if he opts to continue his football career.
Jan 11 - 6:04 PM

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